College Football Notes – Jan. 14, 2020

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

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The sixth annual College Football Playoff title contest was played Monday, Jan. 13, between LSU and Clemson in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at New Orleans with LSU prevailing 42-25. Previous winners have been Ohio State in the 2014 season, Clemson in 2015 and ’18 and Alabama in 2015 and 2017. The LSU victory broke a 29-game winning streak by Clemson and QB Trevor Lawrence who has a 70-2 record as a starter in high school and college. LSU QB Joe Burrow passed for five touchdowns and a BCS/CFP title game-record 462 yards. He also broke the NCAA FBS mark for season touchdown passes with 59 to eclipse Hawai’i QB Colt Brennan with 58 in 2006. Clemson’s 2018 squad and LSU in 2019 are the first teams in NCAA FBS annals to go 15-0.

The 42nd annual NCAA FCS playoffs’ finals were Saturday, Jan. 11, in Frisco, Texas, and North Dakota State prevailed for the eighth time in nine seasons with a 28-20 victory over James Madison. North Dakota State and James Madison have captured nine consecutive NCAA Division I football championships from 2011-19 – all at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. James Madison won in 2016 28-14 over Youngstown State while the Bison prevailed in 2011-15, 17-19. For updated NCAA football scores, highlights, statistics, and additional information, please access, and

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, there will be the presentation of the 61st annual NFF MacArthur Bowl (named in memory of NFF tri-founder Gen. Douglas MacArthur) to the national champion, New Orleans media hotel, at a Tuesday morning. Syracuse won the inaugural MacArthur Bowl in 1959 while Alabama (nine times), Southern California (five), Notre Dame (five), Ohio State (four), Miami (Fla.) (four), and Texas (four times) have the most MacArthur trophies. Clemson and LSU are tied for seventh place with three awards apiece. NFF President/CEO Steve Hatchell made the presentation to LSU head coach and National Coach of the Year Ed Orgeron and other LSU officials.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 13-19 time period are Jan. 13 (1907) Gerald Mann, Sulphur Springs, Texas; (1947) Bill Stanfill, Cairo, Ga.; (1958) Tyrone McGriff, Vero Beach, Fla.; Jan. 14 (1908) Vernon Smith, Macon, Ga.; (1929) Darrell Mudra, Omaha, Neb.; Jan. 15 (1892) Hobey Baker, Bala-Cynwyd, Pa.; (1898) Dutch Meyer, Ellinger, Texas; (1953) Randy White, Wilmington, Del.; (1957) Marty Lyons, Takoma Park, Md.; (1959) Ken Easley, Chesapeake, Va.; Jan. 16 (1882) Henry Phillips, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1894) Guy Chamberlin, Blue Springs, Neb.; (1914) Monk Simons, New Orleans, La.; (1953) Dave Brown, Akron, Ohio; (1977) Mark Simoneau, Phillipsburg, Kan.; Jan. 17 (1933) J.C. Caroline, Warrenton, Ga.; (1937) Buddy Dial, Ponca City, Okla.; Jan. 18 (1897) Eddie Kaw, Houston, Texas; (1950) Pat Sullivan, Birmingham, Ala.; Jan. 19 (1892) Eddie Mahan, Natick, Mass.;  (1932) Joe Schmidt, Pittsburgh, Pa.


Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 13 (1985) Brud Holland, New York City; (1987) Matt Hazeltine, San Francisco, Calif.; Jan. 15 (1986) Four Horseman “Sleepy” Jim Crowley, Scranton, Pa.; (1990) Don Lourie, Wilmette, Ill.; Jan. 17 (1974) Bill Shakespeare, Cincinnati, Ohio; Jan. 18 (1991) Hamilton Fish, Cold Spring, N.Y.; Jan. 19 (1936) Dan McGugin, Nashville, Tenn.; (1942) Jimmy Johnson (Carlisle, Northeastern), San Juan, Puerto Rico; (1980) D.X. Bible, Austin, Texas; (2015) Lou Michaels, Swoyersville, Pa.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 13 Tyrone McGriff, Jan. 14 Darrell Mudra (a spry 91), Jan. 15 Randy White, Marty Lyons, Ken Easley, Jan. 16 Mark Simoneau

North Texas’ just-released 2020 schedule includes a trek to Texas A&M Sept. 12 and a key home bout with Louisiana Tech Nov. 7…East Carolina and Liberty are playing one another in spring and winter sports and are looking at a possible future football series…Mississippi State starts the 2020 outing with a school-longest skein of 10 consecutive bowl bids…Clemson is the seventh Top 10 nationally opponent at kickoff that LSU faced in 2019 – a probable NCAA season record.


AFCA 2019 Good Works Team members Koby Quansah, Duke; Denzel Goolsby, Kansas State; James Smith-Williams, NC State; Connor Wedington, Stanford; Isaiah Sanders, Air Force Academy; Marcel Dancy, California; and Jake Fromm, Georgia; all found service projects to perform in their locales and at bowl games during the fall-spring semester break.


Mike Leach has been named head coach at Mississippi State after a two-week search to replace former head coach Joe Moorhead. With a 139-80 head coaching record over 18 seasons, he comes to MSU with the most college head coaching experience of any new Bulldogs football appointment…Former Ohio State assistant strength and conditioning coach Phil Matusz is joining new head coach Jeff Hafley at Boston College…LSU offensive analyst Jorge Munoz and former Mississippi State and Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead appear to be two top candidates as offensive coordinator at Oregon…Oregon State: extended head coach Jonathan Smith’s contract through the 2025 season…Rutgers named Bob Fraser as linebackers coach  while former Michigan assistant coach Anthony Campanile and 2018 Rutgers assistant Kolby Smith are expected to complete the Scarlet Knights 2020 coaching staff…San Diego State head coach Rocky Long has retired and has been replaced by former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke. Long guided the Aztecs to a school-best nine consecutive bowl visitsTexas Tech athletics is making $6.6 million in contract payouts for head and assistant coaches during the 2016-19 seasons…Former NFL Buffalo Bills defensive line coach Bill Teerlinck is the new defensive line coach at Virginia Tech…Former Missouri linebacker Michael Schere is moving to the Arkansas staff as a defensive analyst…Auburn assistant coach J.B. Grimes is leaving as Auburn’s offensive line coach for 2020…Memphis head coach Ryan Silverfield officially received his five-year contract…Jeff Koonz was named linebackers coach at West Virginia…Former Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is going to Texas Tech as linebackers coach…Texas safeties coach Craig Naivar will not return for the 2020 campaign…Former New Mexico defensive line coach Stan Eggen has become defensive line tutor at Arizona…Arkansas finished its assistant coaching staff with the additions of Derrick LeBlanc (defensive line), Scott Fountain (special teams), Jimmy Smith (running backs), and Jon Cooper (tight ends). The new salary pool for the assistants is slightly over $5 million…Boston College named Frank Cignetti Jr. offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and Tem Lukabu defensive coordinator…Kent State head coach Sean Lewis may be in line for a contract re-structure…Former Ole Miss defensive backs coach Charles Clark is expected to be joining the Memphis Tigers at that same post. The Tigers also added former Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre as defensive coordinator…Former SMU offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is going to Miami (Fla.) as OC…Vanderbilt added Appalachian State’s Ted Roof as defensive coordinator, Todd Fitch as offensive coordinator and Peter Rossomando as offensive line coach…Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall was lauded for his quick turnaround of the Virginia Cavaliers program…Former West Virginia inside linebackers/special teams coach Blake Seiler is moving to the Old Dominion staff as defensive coordinator…Boston College’s Paul Trautwein was added as offensive line coach at Penn State….Rutgers named Oklahoma State’s Sean Gleeson as offensive coordinator and  quarterbacks coach as head coach Greg Schiano essentially closed his hirings for ’20…Notre Dame football is finishing the process of hiring an offensive coordinator…Ohio State assistant coaches will receive $2.5 million in post-2019 performance bonuses…Penn State athletics and head coach  James Franklin have come to agreement on new contract terms….Former St. Joseph’s (Mont.) coach Augie Hoffmann is leaving the 2020 Rutgers’ staff for other opportunities…San Diego State questioned retired head coach Rocky Long after he went to Syracuse for a recent interview as defensive coordinator prior to stepping down at SDSU…UCF named former Iowa State assistant coach Alex Golesh as co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach, and he will be co-coordinator running backs coach Anthony Tucker. Knights assistant coach Joey Hazle will serve as quarterbacks coach…Washington has approached former NFL Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator and Virginia quarterback star Kellen Moore about becoming the Huskies offensive coordinator…Former Nebraska outside linebackers coach Jovan DeWitt is joining NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Mack Brown’s staff at North Carolina…Syracuse cornerbacks coach Kim McCloud is seeking a new school and assignment for 2020…New Mexico has signed Texas tight ends coach Derek Warehime as an assistant coach on offense…Appalachian State named Nolan Jones associate AD for football operations…Arkansas is on the verge of formalizing the hire of Kentucky defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc…Ball State’s offensive coordinator John Lynch has moved to Colorado State as offensive coordinator…Old Dominion is nearing completion of its assistant coaching staff under Ricky Rahnce with new staff members Kirk Campbell (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach), Blake Seiler (defensive coordinator), Kevin Smith (outside linebackers/special teams coordinator), Kevin Reihner (offensive line), and Tony Lucas (running backs).


Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Southwestern (Kan.): Brad Griffin, Hutchinson, Kan.; Southwestern (Texas): Joe Austin, Des Moines, Iowa; Springfield: Mike Cerasuolo, Northboro, Mass.; Stanford: David Shaw, San Diego, Calif.; Syracuse: Dino Babers, Honolulu, Hawai’i.


Georgia Southern director of athletics Tom Kleinlein is stepping down after eight years to become deputy AD at Ole Miss… UCLA’s administration is taking an unconventional approach in its search for a new AD to replace retiring Dan GuerreroMike Hampton has been named interim head baseball coach at Sr. John’s (N.Y.) to replace ABCA Hall of Fame coach Ed Blankmeyer who accepted a position as a minor league manager in the New York Mets system…Dr. Shari Veil is the new dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at Nebraska after a distinguished career in communications at Kentucky.


All seven Pac-12 Conference head coaches making postseason play received performance bonuses…The Southeastern Conference captured the 18th annual ESPN Bowl Challenge Cup with a final winning percentage of .800 (8-2 record) league-wide while the Sun Belt Conference finished second with a .600 winning percentage (3-2 record). The American Athletic, Mountain West and Pac-12 Conferences all tied for third place with a 4-3 mark (.571) while FBS independents BYU, Notre Dame and Liberty closed with a 2-1 composite record and .667 victory rate.


Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park and Myrtle Beach, S.C., are expected to be approved later this year as new bowl sites for post-2020 NCAA FBS activity…The Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Life had the highest attendance of post-2019 bowls with 90,462. The all-time Rose Bowl game attendance is 9,361,359 over 106 contests from 1902, 1916-2020… On Saturday, Jan. 25, the 70th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl all-star game will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., with a 2:30 p.m. (EST) airtime on the NFL Network. The following day (Sunday, Jan. 26) the 64th Hula Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai’i, will be revived after a 12-year hiatus at 9:30 p.m. (EST) on the CBS Sports Network.


North Carolina QB Sam Howell finished his freshman year the 2019 season with 3,641 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and seven 7 interceptions. Howells 38 passing touchdowns are fourth in NCAA FBS individual stats, and he broke the school’s single-season record of 30 TD tosses by Mitchell Trubisky in 2016…Former Texas Tech starting QB Jett Duffey will transfer to Tulane…Baylor DB Grayland Arnold, Texas CB Donovan Duvernay, Texas A&M R Kendrick Rogers, CB Debione Renfro, DT Justin Madubuike, and WR Quartney Davis, Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr., Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz, and Georgia QB Jake Fromm have declared for the 2020 NFL Draft…LSU fans have devised hundreds of T-shirts with the Cajun theme – Jeaux Burreaux – for LSU’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow…Houston QB D’Eriq King has entered the 2020 NCAA transfer portal.


NFF College Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson of Oklahoma State, Miami (Fla.) and later the NFL Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins was named to the Class of 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, during a FOX Sports studio telecast last Sunday. The former Arkansas standout for the Razorbacks 1964 national championship team was inducted into the NFF College Hall of Fame in 2012…Former NC State standout and 1991-2006 head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Cowher was notified about his admission into the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame during a surprise visit by Hall of Fame members on the Jan. 11 CBS NFL Pregame Show. The Pro Football Hall of Fame with announce 14 other entrants Wednesday and the final four incoming members on Saturday, Feb. 1, as part of a 20-person class to celebrate the NFL’s 1919-2019 Centennial season.


UCF athletics has been part of a debate for a possible reference change back to Central Florida or to Orlando…Texas A&M athletics has extended public alcohol sales extended to men’s and women’s basketball contests…North Texas athletics is preparing for 2020 season ticket sales after its updated schedule was denoted by Conference USA…Illinois athletics has initiated several promotional innovations for 2020 season ticket sales…Oklahoma athletics is returning the Top Daug mascot for 2020…TCU is adding women’s triathlon as a varsity sport in autumn 2021…Florida’s college football programs continue to add new facilities and to improve existing structures to stay ahead in football recruiting skirmishes…The Miami (Fla.) Board of Trustees have called for a study or revitalizing the university’s football program…Oklahoma legislators have filed a preliminary bill to pay college student-athletes… Washington State’s new public beer and wine sales at Beasley Arena has added to fans’ experiences and enjoyment.


Veteran FWAA and USBWA officer and columnist Michael DeCourcy accepted a position as a bracket analyst for FOX Sports…Longtime Dallas area broadcaster and voice of the ECHL Allen (Texas) Americans Tommy Daniels will be the play by play voice for the 2020 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic in Wichita, Kan., on Jan. 22. The game will be televised nationally on NHL Network…The Los Angeles Times penned an essay about the 90-year history of Bruins football and basketball overall success…Former Nebraska coach Tim Miles has been complimented for his analysis of games on Fox Sports 1…Former WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) sports director Jeff Gravley is the new director of content strategy for NC State athletics.

The Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis will host the annual USBWA Awards Banquet April 13…UNLV’s Curtis Terry has received kudos in his first year of Rebels radio broadcasts.


Finalists for FWAA 2019 Freshman of the Year were Sam Howell, North Carolina, quarterback; Derek Stingley Jr., LSU, defensive back; and Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis, Running Back. The winner was named at last Monday’s FWAA Awards Breakfast, and he was Kenneth Gainwell…Alexandra Haley, a senior at Steinert High in Hamilton, N.J., was named the 23rd winner of the Volney Meece Scholarship on last Monday. The scholarship is awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America and named for the late Volney Meece. Meece served 22 years as the FWAA’s executive director and was the organization’s president in 1971. The scholarship is a $1,000 annual grant for four years. It is awarded to a deserving son or daughter of an FWAA member. The 17-year-old Haley is the daughter of long-time FWAA member Craig Haley and plans to continue her education at Susquehanna.


Dave Albrecht of Winona State, Lindsey Williams of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, Amanda Murphy of North Florida, and Jessica Poole of Florida Atlantic were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, Boise State, Georgia, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ole Miss, Penn State, UTEP, and Virginia are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…Alleged college athletics bribery suspect Michael Avenatti has lost his bid to have two Nike extortion charges dropped.

2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six(All Games Televised by ESPN) CFP

Saturday, Dec. 28 (CFP Semifinals)Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, LSU 63, Oklahoma 28.PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., Clemson 29, Ohio State 23

LSU 42, Clemson 25 – CFP Championship, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

Saturday, Dec. 28-Jan. 1, 2019-20 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)Saturday, Dec. 28 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, Penn State 53, Memphis 39

Monday, Dec. 30 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida 36, Virginia 28

Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., Oregon 28, Wisconsin 27; Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., Georgia 26, Baylor 14.



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